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Updated: January 7, 2010 19:14 IST

Swearing by talent

SONAM JAIN
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Hottie Shazahn Padamsee's hard work and perseverance landed her a dream debut in Bollywood. SONAM JAIN

Daughter of pop-diva/ theatre personality Sharon Prabhakar and ad-guru-cum-theatre big-wig Alyque Padamsee, Shazahn Padamsee did not opt for the natural and expected career in theatre, but instead has decided to hit the big screen.

Having recently made her debut in the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer “Rocket Singh”, young Shazahn is all set to dazzle movie-buffs. Excerpts from an exclusive interview…

Being the daughter of two eminent theatre personalities, do you also have a background and experience in theatre?

I grew up in the world of theatre, so to speak! I was involved in it for two years, and was in a play called ‘Unspoken Dialogues' directed by my dad. We took the play to Dubai, Muscat and Hyderabad. The play had about 11-12 monologues/ dialogues about emotions you can't tell others and which are very personal. I did four to five different roles in that one play. It was a good learning experience. However, theatre was never a priority. I did it only to figure out what I want to do next. And now I am focussing only on movies.

How easy or difficult was it for you to launch yourself into Bollywood?

There are only so many calls that your parents can make, and after that it's your talent that takes over. Ours is not a film family, and Bollywood is a different ball game altogether. It was difficult for me in the sense that I had to audition for many movies and roles before I finally got picked for “Rocket Singh”. Before movies, I had been doing a lot of ads like 7up, McDonalds, Nescafe, Ponds Dreamflower and others.

I did work hard for that also, and I did it all on my own.

How far did your work in theatre and ads help in films?

Ads were a very good training ground. They are like a one-day movie. You get to know what facing the camera is like and what retakes are. Also, I gained visibility working in these ads.

Working with a big banner like Yashraj and big names in your debut-how did it feel?

Well, I always wanted to launch my acting career with a big banner and associated with big names. I was very sure of that. So, I was ready for it; it wasn't like it was sudden and there were no ‘Oh my God' reactions!! Having said that, everybody on the set made me feel comfortable. We were like a happy family on the sets. It was all really nice.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I hang out a lot with friends. I work out regularly and am addicted to the gym. I like playing badminton. I listen to music the whole day. I enjoy going for long drives. And I love spending time at our beach house in Alibagh.

Who has been your biggest influence?

My dad. He's the one who has always told me that I'll be an actor. He's always been there for me.

Your fashion mantra...

Well, there's no particular mantra as such. I love fashion and I just love dressing up. It depends on my mood — I dress according to the mood I am in.

What's in the pipeline for you?

Currently, I am going through a lot of scripts. I want to be careful and wise about the parts I choose. I am looking for a good role which I want to do. The industry is very quick in judging a person, and I don't want to make a mistake.

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